Sinisa Mihajlovic once said he'd rather die than work for Milan, having played and been assistant manager at rivals Inter. He explained that away in the summer of 2015 by explaining he was young, brash and "needed enemies to fire myself up." The Serbian was a success at Sampdoria, having never quite won over the supporters at previous clubs Bologna, Catania and Fiorentina. He also quit his role as manager of the Serbia national team, where again he earned a reputation for discipline.
This rigour is precisely what the Rossoneri were looking for after sluggish performances under inexperienced ex-players Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi. Mihajlovic's style also includes a solid defence, something Milan have been sorely lacking in recent years. At the very least we can be sure Sinisa is teaching his players some good free kick techniques.